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Gun studies and statistics. In spite of the best efforts of people who don’t want us looking too closely. September 8, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident.” Good. More of this.

Op-ed by Ronald Reagan from 1991, explaining why he supported the Brady Bill to establish waiting periods and background checks for handgun purchases.

“We know virtually nothing about the relationship between guns and crime because that whole research agenda has been basically shut down for years.

“If only Sandy Hook’s principal had been packing heat, the argument goes, she could’ve stopped the mass killer. There’s just one little problem with this: Not a single one of the 62 mass shootings we studied in our investigation has been stopped this way.

“For every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.”

“No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.”

“CNN amends its prior reporting that there were 74 school shootings since the Newtown Massacre — a number calculated by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety — and concludes that there have instead been just 15.” Apparently because of pressure from weapons dealers who are worried that the facts might scare people.

The Onion nails it with the statistics: 30,000: Number of people who will very unwillingly enter the national gun debate this year.

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